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5787 W. 6th Ave.
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2014 Tails of the Painted Cats


1.)

Red Hot Ruby

Title: Red Hot Ruby
Artist: Ella Buchholz
20 ½” tall x 8” wide x 10” deep

Sponsored by: Maggie Holben

Ella’s philosophy of ‘play, laugh and create without limits’ is beautifully expressed through her interpretation of Red Hot Ruby.  Red Hot Ruby's job during the week was to wrangle the church mice, but on Sundays she liked to dress up.

 

In creating Red Hot Ruby, Ella used paint, metallics, and clear glass overlays, as well as carefully placed patterns of beaded purses and jewelry.  Finally, grout was applied as a unifying element and the piece was lovingly buffed to a 'red hot' sparkle.

 

Ella has been creating unconventional fine art paintings, as well as mosaic art and installations, for Colorado homes and businesses throughout the past 20 years.  Kaiser Permanente currently displays three of Ella’s mosaic musical instruments in their public art collection.  For several years, Ella has participated in Loveland Colorado’s prestigious Sculpture in the Park show, both as an artist and as a juror.

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2.)

Richard Parker

Title: Richard Parker
Artist: Jane McFadden Dorsey
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

Sponsored by: SponsorNameLynn and Michelle Brevard

“Richard Parker was introduced to me when I first read the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel. After seeing the movie and then visiting the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO., I had total Tiger Brain. The unique striping pattern on my version of Richard Parker was inspired by a particularly handsome tiger at the Sanctuary. He was playing in a stock tank of water and stole my heart away.”

ane McFadden Dorsey is a self-taught professional artist who is skilled in abstract acrylic painting, mixed media collage and paper mache pulp sculpture. She is a member of the Lakewood Arts Council Art Center Gallery. She has been a part time Volunteer Coordinator for Cat Care Society for 21 years and serves as the Art Coordinator for the Tails of the Painted Cats project.

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3.)

Bastet, Cat Goddess

Title: Bastet, Cat Goddess
Artist: Pat Lickly
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

Sponsored by: Harold and Christina Taylor

“I have always been interested in ancient and ethnic cultures and mythology. I have incorporated that imagery into much of my clay work. Being a lover of cats, I have long admired ancient Egypt for their reverence for felines. My version of Bastet is done in mixed media using paint and art papers to create an old world patina, and embellished with gold toned foils and jewels.”

Pat Lickly graduated from CSU with a degree of art in the liberated ‘60s. She honed her design skills with the Denver Public Library, and then as an art director in corporate America. Her love of design and clothing led her to found and grow Rich Rags, an upscale resale designer boutique in Denver’s North Country Club. After retiring from that, she was free to explore her creativity in ceramics, which has been her primary medium of expression since 2003. Bastet is Pat’s second venture into Tails of the Painted Cats.

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4.)

Wildflower

Title: Wildflower
Artist: Wendy M. Luck
20 ½” tall x 23” long x 8” deep

Sponsored by: Clyde & Barbara Dawson

Wendy is an artist who developed her passion for art over the years through a variety of art classes and mediums, from pastels to clay to colored pencil but she is mostly self-taught. Wendy is also an amateur paleontologist who has exhibited her dinosaur drawings at the Western Interior Paleontological Society symposium art shows. She has lived in Colorado since 1979 and is constantly inspired by the profound beauty, color and life around us from the yellow aspen to bald eagles to majestic elk to the littlest prairie dog and Colorado’s blue, blue skies. She enjoys the company of her family which currently includes three dogs and three cats.

Wildflower is inspired by one of the family cats, Ashe. “He loves to patrol the house while trying to blend seamlessly into the background. I thought if he was standing outside in a field of wildflowers, in his mind, he would be invisible and you would just see a cat shaped image of the scenery. Wildflower is in honor of Ashe and all the other kitties whose inner worlds are so fantastical and adventurous!”

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5.)

Dandy Lion

Title: Dandy Lion
Artist: Karen Mahnken
www.etsy.com/shop/KarmanArt
20 ½” tall x 23” long x 8” deep

Sponsored by: Mary Grace Yonts

Karen studied fine art at Metropolitan State College in Denver.  A Colorado native, she has spent her life enjoying Colorado's mountains and abundant nature.  She previously owned a floral business, and her love of nature and flowers in particular, is evident in her work.  While skilled in a variety of mediums, including acrylics and fabric sculpture, she is also an avid photographer.

Karen was inspired to create Dandy Lion from one of her favorite photos of graceful dandelion seeds taking flight in the breeze, as depicted on the side of the cat.

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6.)

Purr Lancelot

Title: Purr Lancelot
Artist: Karen Mahnken and Kyle Hardyway
www.etsy.com/shop/KarmanArt
20 ½” tall x 23” long x 8” deep

Sponsored by: Ann Waite & CCS Volunteer

Purr Lancelot is one of our most mysterious entries this year, his white tiger face peeking out from behind his mask of armor. He comes complete with detachable shield and sword, ready to do battle. Third year artist Karen Mahnken enlisted the help of her son Kyle whose interest in armor and metalwork inspired this complex design. Their collaboration resulted in a spectacular and creative piece sure to inspire a battle in bidding.

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7.)

Purrlock Holmes

Title: Purrlock Holmes
Artist: Betsy Keyser
bkimagesstudio.com
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

Sponsored by: Mary Ann Schultz

“A stylish Tuxedo cat, Purrlock Holmes constantly observes and searches for clues and answers to the mysteries of the feline world. This design honors the intelligence and curiosity of all cats.”

Betsy Keyser has been a Lakewood resident for 29 years, but started life’s journey in Alabama. She received a Bachelor’s Degree for Art Education from the University of Mobile in 1979. Raising a family put her art interests in the back seat for a time but she always enjoyed creative outlets such as costume design, quilting, photography and crafts. She is now back to painting and favors acrylics to paint animals, fantasy and quirky still life. She also pursues black and white photography and is interested in incorporating photos into her paintings.

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8.)

PurrFectly Purple Puss

Title: PurrFectly Purple Puss
Artist: Betsy Keyser
bkimagesstudio.com
16” tall x 17 ½" long x 7" deep

Sponsored by: Richard & Kathy Swanson

“This purple tabby proudly wears a purple awareness ribbon to protest animal cruelty while purple flowers twine up her legs. Tabbies are amongst the most beautiful cats with their variegated fur and unique markings. In addition to animal cruelty awareness, purple also represents royalty which we know all cats are born into.”

This is Betsy’s second year in Tails of the Painted Cats. She is also participating in the FLAT CAT silent auction in this year’s gala.

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9.)

Thunder and Lightning

Title: Thunder and Lightning
Artist: Kimiko VonWyrd
www.kimikovonwryd.com
16” tall x 17 ½" long x 7" deep

Sponsored by: Sara Elder & Anastasia Betterton-Fike

Kimiko VonWyrd is a self taught artist who has been painting in some form or another for over 20 years.  Kim feels most comfortable with abstracts and surrealism, but art isn't always about staying in your comfort zone.  Recently she has begun branching out of painting and working with sculpture and leatherworking.  Kim is a member of the RAW Artists guild in Denver, and has recently been showcased at events benefiting the La Napoule Art Foundation in Nice France. “I have done a few paintings with the thunder and lightning theme. It represents everything from anxiety to feelings of perseverance in the face of adversity. I believe that this type of creeping confidence is well suited to cats. They don’t trust easily and to win them over takes time and effort.”

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10.)

Confetti

Title: Confetti
Artist: Anonymous
16” tall x 17 ½" long x 7" deep

Sponsored by: Barbara Kane & Mark P.

Break out the Champagne! This happy little feline exudes a celebratory mood with bright colors, streamers for stripes and a festive sprinkling of confetti. Determined to fit in with any décor, she seeks a warm place in your living room and heart.

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11.)

Garden Variety Cat

Title: Garden Variety Cat
Artist: Jackie McFarland
16” tall x 17 ½" long x 7" deep

Sponsored by: Nature’s Way

“I have long enjoyed the work of Giuseppe Archimado at the Denver art Museum, and it has inspired me to do some shape-within-a-shape painting on my own. It seemed like a great opportunity to develop the cat shape using colorful organic shapes.”

Jackie McFarland was born and raised in the mid west. She became a Colorado transplant in 1945 to begin a formal education at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She then married, raised a family and continued art education at Metro State in the 60's. She has been active in the art community as an instructor, juror, gallery owner and exhibitor over the past 50 years. Jackie is a charter member of Foothills Art Center, signature member of Colorado Watercolor Society, member of Arvada Fine Arts Guild and Park Hill Art Club. Gallery affiliations include the Sand Solar Gallery in Denver and Foothills Art Center, Golden.

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12.)

Cleo-Catra

Title: Cleo-Catra
Artist: Sheila Bobay McFather
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

Sponsored by: Richard and Kathy Husband

Sheila received a Bachelor of Art Degree in Art Education at West Texas A&M University (this is where Georgia O’Keefe first taught) with minors in all-level education, English, and Language/Learning Disabilities. Starting her teaching career at age 40, she taught art in workshops, private classes and public and private schools. Her students have won state and national recognition in Arkansas, Texas and Colorado. Sheila is currently a special education teacher for Jefferson County School District.

Sheila’s artwork is in private and corporate collections across the country, and she has won many top awards for her paintings. A current member of Mountainside Art Guild, she has worked primarily in water media.

“The history of Egypt is fascinating to me. The life of Cleopatra stands out especially due to the power she had as a woman that far back in time. She was adored by two of the most powerful men in history, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony and she was the last pharaoh of Egypt. How I would like to travel back in time to witness the events that took place during her fascinating lifetime!”

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13.)

Colorado Cat

Title: Colorado Cat
Artist: Jamie McWhirt
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

Sponsored by: Mary Foster and Kay Higgins, Shield Services

Jamie McWhirt is an artist that specializes in pet portraits using acrylic paint. She has been painting since high school and has many years of experience. Over her years of experience, Jamie has developed her own realistic style and focuses on the details that will bring her paintings and commissioned pet portraits to life.

Jamie is a third generation Colorado native, and loves everything about this beautiful state. It is a great place to live and spend time outdoors hiking, snowboarding, and walking her two Great Danes with her husband. From this love of the state of Colorado, Jamie was inspired to create the “Colorado Cat”. The “Colorado Cat” features a large Colorado flag, a “Colorado Columbine” with the state colors, the state motto which translates to “Nothing without Providence”, purple mountains, the City of Denver skyline and sign, along with other details that represent Colorado.

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14.)

Cat-tails and Dogwood

Title: Cat-tails and Dogwood
Artist: Carla Pawlewicz
carla.pana@gmail.com
20 ½” tall x 23” long x 8” deep

Sponsored by: Diane Stoner and Marggie Dressler

“I studied Zentangle at the Botanical Gardens school of Botanical Art and Illustration. Cat Tails and Dogwood is considered Zentangle inspired Art. I have used a combination of patterns; some are original and some I have used with permission. Cat-Tails was achieved with acrylic paint and various colored inks.”

Ms. Pawlewicz was certified in the art of Botanical Illustration by the Denver Botanic Gardens in 1998. After retiring from a twenty two year career in brewing, and the microbiology lab at Miller Coors Brewing Company, she now pursues her love of flowers, art and Hawaiian culture. She is the owner of PANA, in Lakewood where she creates custom bags from Hawaiian print fabrics, specializing in hula and hula implement bags. Carla has become involved in the total art of hula, including creation of lei and costuming.

This beautifully detailed entry is Carla’s third in as many years in the project.

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15.)

The Pattern Cats

Title: The Pattern Cats
Artist: Katherine Ross
16” tall x 17 ½" long x 7" deep (each)

Sponsored by: Mark and Linda Brandon, Sharon Davis

Meet the Pattern Cats, Pat A. Patt and Patti Pat . This pair of matched mini cats in opposing colors have a definite 3-D look. “I have been playing with abstract patterns on canvas this past year, and I thought it would be a fun challenge to create a similar look on a three dimensional form.” Katherine’s choice of warm butterscotch tones are neutral enough to grace almost any environment.

Ms. Ross earned her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado. She graduated Cum Laude with High Distinction in her field. Katherine enjoys three dimensional assemblages; collage and computer generated graphics, and loves to create “something from nothing”. She also incorporates Process Art as a medium for connecting to spirituality, healing and meditation.

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16.)

Meowl

Title: Meowl
Artist: Cortnye Rusch
20 ½” tall x 8” wide x 10” deep

Sponsored by: Clete Nolde

“Owls and cats seem to share many of the same characteristics; big eyes, acute hearing, and the ability to sneak up quietly on their unsuspecting prey.” Meowl reflects Cortnye’s memories as a child, growing up in a family of bird watchers. “Owls, and particularly one barn owl, have become some of my favorite birds and have served as a source of artistic inspiration in their graceful beauty.” Meowl was also inspired by her cat, Blue, who enjoys turning her head as far around as possible, and whose eyes are large and owl-like.

Cortnye Rusch was born in Denver, Colorado in 1992. She currently studies at the University of Denver, majoring in English and Art History. She primarily works in pencil and watercolor, though she has also done three-dimensional wood sculptures. Her work has been exhibited at Red Rocks Community College, Schwayder Art Building, and Nagel Art Studios.

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17.)

Filigree

Title: Filigree
Artist: Pam Schmidt
artchik101@msn.com
20 ½” tall x 23” long x 8” deep

Sponsored by: Steve Holben

“Filigree was inspired by the beauty of black cats everywhere. It was fun to incorporate a beautiful design on black to show off the elegance of the cat body.”

Ms. Schmidt earned her Associates in Art degree at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. She has been extremely active in exhibiting her art throughout the metro area. “My artwork is an exploration of the human and animal psyche through drawing, painting and sculpture. I prefer to work mostly with human and animal form in a more abstract and expressive way. Art is a way for me to show my celebration and sometimes sadness about my society and the world I live in…we all live in. To be free to express myself is the thing I love most about art.”

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18.)

O’ Sole Meow

Title: O’ Sole Meow
Artist: Bobbi Shupe
eppuffin@mac.com
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

Sponsored by: Gail Tinianow

O’Sole Meow brings to mind the Tuscan sunshine. “This piece was inspired by commissioned murals, incorporating a “skip trowel” texture to give it an old world feel.” Look carefully to find Bobbi’s trademark mouse and puffin signature.

Trained as a commercial and fine artist, Bobbi has degrees from both Fort Lewis College and The Art Institute of Denver. She worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc. and left to become the art director for a specialty product company, Décor Noel, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee. She returned to Denver and started her own design, illustration and decorative painting company, E.P.Puffin & Company. Her book cover designs and illustrations and interior illustrations have won both Benjamin Franklin and Colorado Independent Publishers Association Awards.

Bobbi has illustrated numerous fabric designs as well as books. Her murals and faux techniques beautify many private residences, model homes and businesses. She teaches classes at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton and her own studio in Denver.

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19.)

Aspen Cat

Title: Aspen Cat
Artist: Artist: Becky Enabnit Silver
www.beckyenabnitfineart.com
www.aarrivergallery.com
20 ½” tall x 23” long x 8” deep

Sponsored by: Dr. Liz O’Rourke, Animal Urgent Care

“The Aspen Cat reflect the beauty of the Colorado mountains in the fall.”

Becky Enabnit Silver was born in Wyoming, and currently resides in Colorado. She graduated with a B.A. from Colorado State University. She has been studying art, specifically watercolor, for over thirty years. She was a public school teacher for nine years before retiring to raise a family and work on an art career. She is the granddaughter of Merlin Enabnit, who was a well known professional artist (WWII pin-up artist). She grew up with this art influence and encouragement to be an artist.

Becky is very active in the local art community. She serves on the Board of directors for the North Metro Arts Alliance and is co-chairman for their annual exhibit. She is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, and a member of the National Watercolor society and the American Watercolor Society. She is also a member of the Lakewood Arts Council and the Arvada Fine Arts Guild. Becky’s work is on display at the Aar River Gallery in Westminster, Colorado, and during the summer at the Gilpin County Art Gallery in Central City, Colorado.

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20.)

Cerulean Ming

Title: Cerulean Ming
Artist: Kristina Spargo
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

Sponsored by: Marsha Crest, CCS Patron & Volunteer

This design was inspired by the deceptively simple Chinese blue and white pottery. The cat has been painted in a bold geometric pattern which wraps around the cat, changing as it does so that there is always something different to observe and appreciate. The artists has worked exclusively in cerulean blue for a stunning effect.

Kristina is a primarily 3D artist who works in a wide variety of materials including fibers, plastics, ceramics and glass as well as a focus on acrylic painting. She is currently a student at MSU Denver seeking a BFA in Spatial Media. She has been involved in a variety of different projects from private commissioned works to charitable art events such as the Women's Crisis Outreach Center's annual Empty Bowl event.

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21.)

Odonata

Title: Odonata
Artist: Kristina Spargo
20 ½” tall x 8” wide x 10” deep

Sponsored by: Richard and Kathy Swanson

Odonata was inspired by the beauty in traditional stained glass windows. The organic forms of the blocks of color flow with the form of the cat while the fluttery ethereal forms of the dragonfly reflect the ethereal nature of the cat.

This is Kristina’s second piece in Tails of the Painted Cats 2014, and she is a new artist to the project this year.

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22.)

Zentangle Kitty

Title: Zentangle Kitty
Artist: Cam Williams
20 ½” tall x 8” wide x 10” deep

Sponsored by: Karen Gonzalez & Tender Touch Animal Hospital

“I was inspired to paint Zen Kitty after doing quite a few Zentangle designs and also Zendoodles.  It is fancy doodling taken to another level and can help one meditate to reach enlightenment!”

Artist Cam Williams grew up in Missouri and graduated from Lindenwood College (now a university) with a B.A. in Fine Art.  She taught art in Missouri for six years prior to moving to Colorado and taught in the Jefferson County School district for 10 years.  She currently belongs to the Denver Metro Art Club and the Wheat Ridge Art League.  She exhibits her work locally through the League.  Cam specializes in watercolors, and she has also painted murals and done stenciling on walls.

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23.)

Edwina Degas

Title: Edwina Degas
Artist: Jane McFadden Dorsey
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

Sponsored by: Corporal Reggie Waddle

Edwina Degas is our raffle cat this year. Artist Jane McFadden Dorsey continues the artist-with-striped-tail theme, depicting a French ballerina from an Edgar Degas pastel. “Delicate and graceful Edwina celebrates the 300th anniversary year of the Paris Opera Ballet School where she of course excelled before emerging on to the French stage to wide acclaim.”

Jane McFadden Dorsey is a self-taught professional artist who is skilled in abstract acrylic painting, mixed media collage and paper mache pulp sculpture. She is a member of the Lakewood Arts Council Art Center Gallery. She has been a part time Volunteer Coordinator for Cat Care Society for 21 years and serves as the Art Coordinator for the Tails of the Painted Cats project.



24.)

Number One Fan

Title: Number One Fan
Artist: Jane McFadden Dorsey & Signed Peyton Manning Jersey
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

The Peyton Manning jersey donated back to CCS by the 2013 winning bidder. The jersey can easily be removed from the painted cat; both are perfect together or separate. Auctioned as one item.

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25.)

C is for Cat

Title: C is for Cat
Artist: Liz Cooper
28” tall x 18” wide x 14” deep

This is a 2012 painted cat donated back to CCS. The winner recently died and his heirs chose to surrender C is for Cat, so we could find it a new forever home at this year's Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction.

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Cat Care Society would like to thank our sponsors:

Lakewood Arts Council   Absolutely PR  Tisdale & Associates
Main Street Fine Art Evergreen


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